Global interconnectedness has changed the way we work and live, particularly with the advancement of technology and communication channels. These changes have brought to life the concept that we are one global community and have developed our ability to understand and function in an increasingly multicultural, international and connected environment.
For today’s schools, it is vital to ensure that the next generations are globally competent learners and citizens prepared for the constantly changing world. A global citizen is someone that nurtures respect and tolerance for others and they are aware that they are part of a wider community.
They understand that people can have completely different lifestyles, cultures and routines, but can share common values and responsibilities. Embedding a global approach to learning from a young age can help children become open-minded future leaders.
But how do you get learners engaged? For students to become connected, international citizens, they need to develop a strong interest in their own and other cultures and a deep understanding of multiple perspectives. Also, they need a keen desire to help shape local and global communities through actions that have a positive impact on society.
“Embedding a global approach to learning from a young age can help children become open-minded future leaders.”
Throughout the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), the themes and topics encourage learners to research world issues, recognise diverse perspectives and learn about the importance of sustainability.
This helps to create that drive and interest in what is going on in the world around them, while allowing them opportunities to look at their own cultures and viewpoints. Overall, this inspires students to think globally, act locally and develop those all-important skills that help them think inventively.
It is important to note that, while it is not expected that learners will wholly resolve issues of global significance, it is recognised that smaller actions taking place in a classroom or local community can contribute to solving or reducing global issues. The power of one, or a butterfly effect, is an important idea; the small actions taken by just one person can have many helpful and potentially far-reaching consequences.
The inclusion of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) Challenge Series within the International Primary Curriculum supports the learning that individual efforts can lead to great change. The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” that are in place until 2030.
“The Sustainable Development Goals Challenge Series supports the learning that individual efforts can lead to great change.”
They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice and provide educators with a fantastic way of framing international learning opportunities and giving students a structure for demonstrating global competence.
The SDG series aims to develop learner agency by providing exciting and relevant challenges linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. The series allows users to apply and enhance their problem-solving abilities and see the benefit of working as one to tackle a variety of global issues they are presented with, a key skill necessary for the future.
We’re pleased to be able to support students, teachers, leaders and school communities by providing a curriculum that motivates learners to be knowledgeable, socially conscious and driven to positively contribute within a local and/or global context.
“By instilling the belief that each individual child can have a valuable impact on the world, children will become successful learners.”
This is something that has become increasingly essential over the last few years. What we hope global competency contributes to our international curriculum is the sense that our younger generation is capable of influencing change.
By establishing universal thinking and instilling the belief that each individual child can have a valuable impact on the world, children will become successful learners, confident individuals, and active contributors. We will be creating a generation of students truly capable and ready for whatever the future holds.
Find out more about our International Curriculum offering at www.fieldworkeducation.com/curriculums